Michigan will continue paying a company for prison food and to use its software while transitioning back to having state workers run prison kitchens.
A state subcommittee on Tuesday approved a new $35 million one-year contract for Trinity Services Group. The full State Administrative Board is expected to vote next week.
Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says companies were interested in bidding to supply the food but could not do so on an expedited timeline. He says the agency plans to issue a request for proposals so other vendors can begin providing food in June 2019.
In February, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that an existing larger contract with Trinity would expire at the end of July and not be extended, largely due to problems with inadequate staffing levels.